067 – TFFP: No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

EP67-No Retreat No Surrender - courtesy of Kevin Spencer - inkspatters.comIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we’re watching awkward training montages as we get ready to fight Ivan Drago Ivan the Russian in No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)!

Directed by: Corey Yuen

Screenplay by: Corey Yuen, Ng See Yuen, and Keith W. Strangberg

Starring: Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails, Kathie Sileno and Tai Chung Kim

Background Info (from Wikipedia)Jason Stillwell (Kurt McKinney) is a young karate student and Bruce Lee fanatic who trains in his father’s (Timothy D. Baker) Los Angeles dojo. One night after a training session, the dojo is visited by members of an organized crime syndicate. After refusing to join the organization, Jason’s father has his leg broken by a Russian martial artist named Ivan Kraschinsky (Jean-Claude Van Damme), the hired thug of the boss.

The Stillwell family relocates to Seattle, where Jason meets R.J. Madison (J.W. Fails) and they become good friends. Jason’s girlfriend, Kelly, also comes to visit him. Despite this, Jason has a hard time adjusting and is constantly harassed by the local bullies. Fed up with the beatings, Jason visits the grave of Bruce Lee and beseeches him for aid.

This week’s Movie Picks are:

Jason’s Pick:

Drunken Master (1978)

Joel’s Pick:

JCVD (2008)

Join us next week when we’re talking about… well, I guess you’ll just have to tune in to find out! Here’s a hint though: It’s not forgotten… and it’s possible one (or both of us) may cry and/or have an aneurysm. As an added bonus, Darryl of The Taylor Network of podcasts will be joining us!

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I'm the father of three boys and married to my high school sweetheart. I'm a former public school teacher (and still recovering from PTSD), reformed filmmaker, podcaster, writer, and fan of all things movie related.

4 comments to 067 – TFFP: No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

  • Jules

    Ng See-Yuen was also the producer on Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, which was the first truly successful Jackie Chan movie; it’s incredibly similar to Drunken Master (which probably further explains the creator title). Tai Chung Kim was actually Bruce Lee’s double in Game of Death; he also played Bruce’s brother in Game of Death II…

  • Hi Jules, I confess my own personal ignorance when it comes to martial arts movies, so thanks for sharing that info! It’s funny that you mention Tai Chung Kim actually playing Bruce Lee’s double in those films. I know Jason didn’t think he was a great Lee stand-in, but I thought he fit the bill just fine.

    Thanks again for commenting! I always love learning something knew and I find the people who listen to our show are some of the most knowledgeable movie fans out there.

    • Jules

      I only discovered this podcast a few weeks ago, but now it’s one of my favorites. I’ve been working my way through some of the past episodes, the Trancers one was awesome, I actually saw that movie in the theater under the name Future Cop.

      By the way, Tai Chung Kim died last year from internal stomach bleeding, I was rather saddened to hear that…

      • I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast! The Trancers episode was fun, and that’s very cool you saw it in the theater under the original title!

        I read about Kim’s passing on IMDB. I also read that actor Kent Lipham, who played the bully Scott, passed in ’08. It’s definitely sad and adds a bitter sweetness to any movie when you realize those on-screen passed away far too young. It’s also a reason to keep the memory of these movies alive, if for no other reason than as a way of remembering those who put the time and energy into making them.

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